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Saturday, 31 July 2010

More transition pictures

These pictures are not directly comparable - couple of things to note.  The first picture shows how the foot looked in shoes, but was taken 5 months ago.  The second picture shows the same foot, deshod 5.5 weeks ago.

But there are still useful/interesting observations to be made.

When shod, the front of the hoof wall was rasped heavily (probably to try and correct the deviation in the hoof angle).  You can see where the unpigmented inner hoof wall has been exposed.

The hoof deviates on the (face on) left hand or medial side.  This is a deviation not a flare as can be seen from the solar view in the previous post.  As the foot has grown down, so has the deviation.  We can only speculate as to what caused the deviation, but it is interesting that the deviation is now growing out since the shoes have been removed.  We can only wait and see if it goes entirely.

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